The Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has denied equating President Goodluck Jonathan with the late former President of South Africa, Mr. Nelson Mandela.
In a statement issued Monday by Okupe’s Head of Media in Abuja, Mr. Bamidele Salam, said it is clear that the authors of the false quotes are linked by the same desire to mislead innocent members through a consistent pattern of published falsehood to portray Okupe as an enemy.
The statement by Mr Okupe had gone viral on the various social media platforms, where he was quoted as saying that only Jonathan was in the position to be likened to Mandela in Nigeria, was an invention by some individuals whose motive he said was to mislead innocent users of the social media.
“There is no President in Nigeria that has sacrificed 13 hours to discuss with ASUU.”
Okupe was a guest on AIT programme, where he allegedly made the statement. He wondered how he could have spoken about a living Mandela as if he were dead and then compares him with any other person.